The Commander’s Welcome
The Missing Man Table
This TABLE, set for one, is our way of symbolizing the fact that members of our military family are missing from our midst. They are commonly called POW/MIA's. We call them "brothers". They are unable to be with us this day, and so this is the way we remember them:
This TABLE set for one is small - symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors.
The TABLECLOTH is white - symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms.
The single ROSE display in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep the faith awaiting their return.
The yellow RIBBON tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the yellow ribbon worn on the lapel and breast of thousands who await their return and who bear witness to unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing.
A slice of Lemon is on a bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate.
There is SALT upon the bread plate - symbolic of the families tears as they wait.
The GLASS is inverted - they cannot raise their glass in a toast with us.
The CHAIR - The chair is empty - They are absent from our sight but not our heart.
REMEMBER - All of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depend upon their might and aid, and relied upon them; for surely they have not forsaken you.